Head for the Hills has developed an After School Mountain Bike Skills program for students from year five to eight in the Mitcham area. The skills coaching will be delivered via fifteen ninety minute sessions by qualified Mountain Bike Australia instructors and coaches at various trail networks in the area.

Groups will be arranged according to age, experience and skill level. The program focuses on the key skills of mountain biking and will develop the students:

  • Bike handling and balance
  • Control and trail reading
  • Technique (discipline independent)

Students will also learn about the non-practical aspects of mountain biking, including:

  • Trail etiquette for shared-use networks
  • Risk assessment and management skills
  • Knowledge of participation opportunities

Outdoors, Engaged and Learning!

Balance skills learned at slow speed enhance control & accuracy on faster trails

Provision of Equipment

Head for the Hills is able to provide students with a bike and helmet for the sessions. Students are welcome to use their own bike and helmet, so long as they are in good working order. Helmets must comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 2063:2008.

Role of the School or Group

The program is intended to operate with minimal impact on the resources of schools. To enable us to maximise participation opportunities for students in the area, we will begin sessions on location at the various trail networks. This will require a small amount of logistical planning to transport students and equipment prior to each session. Students will be able to be picked up by parents from the designated trail network after each session.


Cost (billed to parents): $35 per session ($525 total)
Bike & Helmet Hire Option: $225 for the entire program or $20 per session
Session Duration: 1.5 hours (15 sessions total)
Delivery Locations: Belair NP, Sturt Gorge RP (Craigburn Farm), Shepherds Hill RP, Lynton Reserve, Brownhill Creek RP

Letting the bike move over obstacles keeps wheels on the ground and gives you control

Please feel free to get in touch with us for more information about the program or to ask any questions you may have.

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Further Information

Program Background

This program has been designed by local Adelaide coach and proprietor of Head for the Hills Cycling, Tyson Schmidt. Its purpose is to enable students to be able to try mountain biking as well as to give young, active mountain bikers an opportunity to develop their skills in a safe and structured environment.

Group Ratios and Maximum Numbers

Instructor to student ratio will be no less than 1:6 with groups capped to 12 students.

Student Pre-Requisites

We aim to accommodate a broad range of ability levels however all students must be able to ride a bike on two wheels confidently. We do offer a shorter ‘bike basics’ course to help develop confidence and control on two wheels which can usually be delivered on the school’s premises.

Setup an Information Session for Parents

Please contact Tyson if you would like to set up an information session at your school. This is the perfect forum for parents to be able to meet Tyson and present their questions directly to him. This can be during or after school hours.

Insurance & Credentials

Head for the Hills Off Road Cycling holds the following credentials:

  • $20M Platinum Liability Insurance
  • National Parks SA CTO Licence

We require all our coaches and instructors to hold:

  • Mountain Bike Australia Level 0 or above Accreditation
  • Apply First Aid Certificate (HLT AID003)
  • Child Related Employment Screening

Mountain Biking Opportunities in Adelaide

Quite literally, Adelaide has the most accessible mountain bike trail network in the world. There are over 15 trail networks within 20km of the CBD with more on the way! Check out our Where to Ride page for more information on trails, clubs and participation opportunities in Adelaide.

Contact Us

For more information contact:

Tyson Schmidt

Senior Coach

Head for the Hills Off Road Cycling
72 Corconda Street
Clearview, South Australia

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